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Matt Slaybaugh

Artistic Director of Available Light Theatre.

Oxford, OH | Member Since 2005

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  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (660)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Michael says: "Very enjoyable listen!"
    "Unbelievably, almost as good as his last."
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    Where does Cooked rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Second best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The surfing bread-maker.


    What about Michael Pollan’s performance did you like?

    He's simultaneously highly intelligent, but homely and casual.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried a couple of times.


    Any additional comments?

    Unbelievably, this book is almost as good as The Omnivore's Dilemma. It's not as consistently good, but it reaches similar heights on many occasions. The chapter about bread is divine.

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